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In 2013, The Netherlands took to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest with one of the most popular female singer/songwriters in the nation; Anouk, following years of declined invitations. It was truly a step in the right direction, noting that they reached the finals for the very first time since 2004, achieving a top ten (10) position by virtue of a ninth (9th) place finish. Birds, a wonderful atmospheric ballad laid solid foundations for the release of her most recent studio album, Sad Singalong Songs, which peaked at number #1 in The Netherlands.

It has been quite an astonishing couple of months for Anouk, with her most recent solo effort, Wigger also climbing steadily into the digital charts, despite no apparent promotion, and her most recent collaboration with DJ Afrojack; You and I is currently peaking at number #2 on iTunes, having been made available just a couple of hours ago. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, The Netherlands will be represented by The Common Linnets; a duo made up of Waylon and Ilse DeLange, the latter being one of the most famous singer/songwriters in the country. The song is yet to be announced although a formal presentation in expected in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: esctoday.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlJCHwVnk4A

AvroTros, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation of The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest have just announced that a duet featuring Ilse de Lange and Waylon, formally known as Common Linnets will fly off to Copenhagen, Denmark. This does not really come as a surprise, considering the success achieved by Anouk and her entry Birds which finished in ninth place at this years' edition of the international competition. AvroTros have joined forces for the very first time, and will therefore be hoping to make a positive first impression.

Ilse de Lange is one of the most popular female vocalists in The Netherlands, having successfully released seven (7) studio albums, six (6) of which have peaked at number #1. She will be joined on stage by Waylon, a finalist on Holland's Got Talent who released his debut album Wicked Ways in 2009, one which peaked in the top five (5). The duet will surely feature a pop/country song, something middle of the wrong in the vein of Hello Goodbye, performed at the Melodifestivalen by Tone Damli and Erik Segerstedt. The song will surely be revealed closer to the date of the Heads of Delegation Meeting although the announcement is surely positive, with several fans proving to be optimistic. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: AvroTros

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqmeUCOXYP4

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:00

Netherlands: AvroTros Revelation on 25th November

For eight (8) consecutive years, The Netherlands failed to reach the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest with Anouk breaking the duck and reaching the final stages of the show with a song entitled Birds which she co-wrote with Tore Johansson and Martin Gjerstad, ultimately managing a ninth (9th) place finish with a total of one hundred, fourteen (114) points. AVROTROS, a brand new broadcaster seeing to the merge of the two former broadcasters in The Netherlands is set to announce their next representative in a press conference on Monday 25th November 2013.

Rumours are circulating in the the media that it could be one of two females, those being either Sharon Doorson or Ilse DeLange. The latter is considered to be the main favourite though and with a string of success in recent years, it could very much be a positive choice. So Incredible, Next to Me, Puzzle Me and Miracle are her most notable single releases whilst her latest studio album, her seventh in total peaked at number #1 in The Netherlands. The announcement will be made at Hilversum Wisseloord Studios, the same venue where Anouk was announce as representative last year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Songfestivalweblog.nl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOjFQCGKDZA

Friday, 13 September 2013 23:44

Netherlands: Media Suggest Anouk Involvement

AvroTros, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation of The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest is yet to reveal their selection method but the media has seemingly been speculating that another internal choice would be made, with the actual song set to be written by none other than Anouk. The female singer/songwriter represented The Netherlands at the international showcase earlier this year as her performance of the song Birds saw the nation in the final for the very first time in almost a decade.

In a radio broadcast, Anouk did not want to deny the recent rumours with regards to a possible second participation within the Eurovision Song Contest, albeit as just a songwriter. She has gone on record stating that if she had a say, then it would be Shirma Rouse who would represent the country but nevertheless, the female vocalist who accompanied her as a backing singer is currently appearing in The Voice of Holland. One name who has been ruled out completely is Armin Van Buren, the popular DJ who said that his upcoming tour will keep him busy. He also said that if Anouk is penning the song, then it is impossible that popular vocalist, Ilse de Lange would perform it due to their ever growing feud. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about this story and the participation of The Netherlands at next years' Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Oikotimes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPDYbuaXlA8

AvroTros, the broadcaster responsible for the Dutch participation at the Eurovision Song Contest as of next year is apparently facing financial difficulties from the get-go due to the economic crisis that has been circling the continent in recent years. For this simple reason, a national final might not be organised with the broadcaster seeking to appoint either a songwriter or a vocalist with the aim of achieving positive results for the Netherlands at the annual Pan-European competition. Armin van Buuren, one of the leading DJs in the world has offered to pen the entry which will represent the country next year in Denmark.

The renowned artist is currently at his peak with his latest album entitled Intense reaching a high of #37 in the United Kingdom, #2 in The Netherlands, #16 in Germany and #65 in the United States. The sophomore single off the album bearing the name This is What it Feels Like peaked at number #2 in The Netherlands, #6 in the United Kingdom and #13 in Australia. Armin stated that if he was asked to write the song, he would be careful in selecting the artist as she or he would have to carry the performance. Earlier this year, Anouk took to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Birds which she helped co-write with Tore Johansson and Martin Gjerstad. The finish was just about right with the nation qualifying to the final for the very first time since 2004, reaching the top ten for the very first time since 1999. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision Ireland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR_DFMUzX4E

AvroTros, the broadcaster responsible for The Netherlands from next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is yet to unveil what selection method will be used following the success achieved by Anouk and her entry Birds which qualified to the final and finished in ninth place. This was the very first qualification since 2004, the same year in which the semi-final system was implemented but on top of that, it was also the first top ten result since 1999 when Marlayne had performed One Good Reason finishing in eighth place. During a recent concert given by Anouk in The Netherlands, she suggested a name of who could possibly represent her home country next year.

The name suggested is that of Shirma Rouse, the female backing vocalist at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Shirma is trying to establish herself as a lead vocalist in The Netherlands at the moment noting the release of a studio album entitled Chocolate Coated Dreams as well as lead single Gotta Be My Girl. The genre of the performer is predominantly motown and seems to be inspired by The Supremes, echoing a sixties vibe. AvroTros which will officially be incorporated in the next couple of months features both broadcasters with membership into the European Broadcasting Union, is thought to have a large national selection planned in order to let the public have a decision on the final outcome. Plans will be revealed in due course but in the meantime, we encourage you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: shownieuws.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ4TEC7Q9Hc

At the end of the voting of this years' Eurovision Song Contest, one country which was undoubtely happy with the result was definitely The Netherlands who returned to the top ten for the first time in twelve years apart from qualifying for the first time in eight years respectively. Anouk is one of the most successful recording stars in The Netherlands and support towards her entry Birds came from all across the continent especially from the Scandinavians with Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway awarding her eight (8) points and Denmark ten (10) points respectively. 

As part of the promotion towards the competition, Anouk in collaboration with Universal Music released a brand new studio album, the eighth in total and bearing the name Sad Singalong Songs. Following the ninth place at the esteemed music event, the album has already gone platinum in less than a week whilst the single is scaling the top of the charts. This means that Anouk has managed to rekindle her success in The Netherlands whilst also doing well in Belgium. The Netherlands is one of the twelve countries to have confirmed participation in next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway and San Marino. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPDYbuaXlA8

In 2004, the introduction of the semi-final system was meant to let more countries enter the Eurovision Song Contest with the addition of a qualification phase to reach the elite stage of the final. The Netherlands was successful at the first hurdle but has subsequently missed out on a position despite the efforts of two broadcasters. This year, an internal selection saw to the choice of Anouk, a vocalist who is best described as a merge between Joan Osborne and Alanis Morissette. She is one of the most popular stars in the country and expectations for her to success are relatively high.

Yesterday marked the beginning of her journey in the international showcase with a debut rehearsal, technical but nevertheless, flawless. Juergen Boernig, Head of Press for escflashmalta.com as well as being the main individual behind Radio International has a team of professional personnel helping him interview the artists competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Following her first rehearsal, he alongside with Lilian Brunell had the opportunity to speak to Anouk about her participation. In the short interview she discusses that her aim is to hopefully take The Netherlands into the final, and from there onwards, it would truly be a bonus. She loves the staging and feels that she wants to be as intimate as possible with the fans on the night of the first semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest interviews and news.

Source: EBU (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlh_jrRC6Bg

Published in Interviews

Official rehearsals for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest officially commenced yesterday but nevertheless, the very first confirmation of a nation for next year is coming from The Netherlands. There had been rumours that the nation might be taking a step back for the simple reason that the contract with currently broadcaster, TROS just came to an end with the internal selection of Anouk and the song Birds co-written with Tore Johansson and Martin Gjerstad.

Two of the main broadcasters in The Netherlands are joining forces under a new name, that of AvroTros in an effort to have fewer but bigger broadcasters. This idea was put forward by the Dutch government. Thus the current broadcasters for the Eurovision Song Contest and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be taking on the role of entering in the esteemed competition as from next year. This is definitely a bold move which is already going down well due to the fact that there is a lot of input for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest by Avro and thus they will surely do the same as they partake in the senior edition. 

There are several rumours over the selection format for The Netherlands for the upcoming year despite the fact that it has only been one day into the rehearsals thus far. The return of a Nationaal Songestival is very likely with a number of semi-finals and a final to pick the entry and the artist. The same set-up was set to be used this year but due to the public outcry to send Anouk to represent the nation, it was scrapped at the last minute. Birds, one of the favourites to qualify for the final and to reach a top ten position in this years' Eurovision Song Contest was rehearsed on the first day to huge applause from the press centre.  Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest as it unravels. 

Source: Nu.nl, eurovision.tv (image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evv2SXOOWWk

In the western music industry, it seems that one of the artists that will not require an introduction is Anouk from The Netherlands whose past success definitely precedes her especially in the pop/rock genre which is truly a safe haven. She will be representing her home country in a bid to take them back into the final for the very first since 2004, which was also the first year in which the semi-final system was introduced. Their entry entitled Without You performed by Re-Union had failed miserably within the final achieving one of the lower end results. Birds, the track that Anouk will be presenting to Europe on the night of the first semi-final is co-written with Martin Gjerstad and Tore Johansson is a melanchonic ballad which is being perceived as finishing in the top ten. 

Anouk is somewhat making a return to the music industry with her new album Sad Singalong Songs set for official release during the week of the Eurovision Song Contest under the Goldilox imprint. Birds, the first official single off the album is the most successful resounding track since 2009 when her track Woman managed to climb to number #3 in the Dutch Charts as opposed to #33 in the Belgian Charts. Her Eurovision entry has already hit number #2 in her home country as opposed to number #24 in Belgium. When one takes into account current sales through iTunes, Birds finds itself at number #24 in The Netherlands and number #75 in Sweden, therefore making it one of the most successful entries in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Looking at the Betting Odds at the moment, it seems that the song is seen as a contender for top five with the current list seeming putting Denmark in first place, followed by Ukraine and Norway as the first and second runners-up and Russia and The Netherlands following closely behind. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: esctracker.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evv2SXOOWWk

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